Construction begins on Raglan Close in Aldershot
Construction has begun on eight new flats for affordable rent at Raglan Close in Aldershot.
Leading affordable housing provider Stonewater has worked together with Rushmoor Borough Council and PMC Construction Ltd to deliver this £1 million development.
Funding for the scheme has been drawn from the Homes and Communities Agency and the council to add to the finance raised by Stonewater.
Six of the new flats will be built adjoining Wavell Court, a purpose-built, three-storey building that provides homes for residents aged 55 years of age and above. The remaining two flats will be joined onto the existing houses on Newport Road.
The expansion will provide six one-bedroom flats and two two-bedroom flats that will all be available for affordable rent. The new homes are due for completion in January 2017.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to develop and extend these existing buildings into new high quality affordable homes,” says Marie Riordan, Regional Development Manager at Stonewater. “Soaring private rents in Aldershot have made it almost impossible for local people on modest incomes to find decent rental accommodation in the area, particularly young families. We hope that these new flats will help address this problem and allow residents who have grown up in the area, to stay close to their community and places of work.”
A brand new parking area will be created within the courtyard that sits in the centre of Hardine House, Templar Lodge and Wavell Court providing an additional 12 parking spaces for residents. The existing roadside parking will also be realigned.
“We are extremely happy to have contributed to the funding for this development and we look forward to seeing the completed homes,” says Councillor Barbara Hurst, Rushmoor Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Health and Housing. “We would encourage all housing associations to follow Stonewater’s example by examining the potential of their existing land and property to provide much needed affordable housing in the borough.”
Wavell court has already been refurbished as part of an ongoing Stonewater project to upgrade all sheltered housing schemes. The landscaping aspect of this was paused due to the upcoming expansion and will be completed as part of the new contract.